Wedding season is here, and brides and grooms-to-be are most likely caught up in the party-planning process in preparation for the big day. This glorious season reminds me of my own wedding; I walked down the aisle and happily said “I do” in 2007.


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The average cost of a wedding in America is $28,400, according to The price tag for mine was more than that, and I wish I would’ve done things differently, despite having a wonderful time.

It’s ironic — when it comes to buying clothes or electronics, I’m a bargain hunter extraordinaire, comparing prices until I find one that satisfies my dirt-cheap expectations. When it came to my own wedding, however, I was in a completely different mindset. I was self-absorbed. Although I can say with confidence that I was not a bridezilla, I knew it was my big day, and felt no expense should be spared. After all, this was a once in a lifetime event. (Unless of course you get divorced and remarried.)

If I could go back in time, the first thing I would’ve done differently is change that mindset. I thought shelling out big bucks was just part of the deal, but it isn’t. Having a beautiful wedding doesn’t necessarily equate to spending tons of dough; it just takes a lot of research, creativity and help from friends and loved ones.

As someone who never set budgets or really cared about finances (until recently), I want to share my wedding mistakes in the hopes that engaged couples will choose to make wiser financial decisions than I did. Take it from me, you can still have a fabulous wedding for less… just don’t make the same mistakes I did.

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